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Treat Yo Self: 5 Happy Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

I have weirdly horrible Valentine’s Day luck, and I can prove it. Valentine’s Day 2002: Love-of-my-life (aka Sam) gives pink carnation to Megan, and not to me. I die of a broken heart right there, in the 6th grade lunch line. Valentine’s Day 2004: I get friend-zoned by none other than Sam’s BROTHER. Valentine’s Day 2006: Salmonella. Valentine’s Day 2007: Car accident en route to date. Valentine’s Day 2010: Forced to refuse a delivery of 200 red roses from maniacal ex-boyfriend. Burnt the mac n’ cheese. Valentine’s Day 2014: I didn’t get the job. Ran off the stress on treadmill for too …

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How I Wrote My First Book (Finally!)

Picture me, dancing around in my basement (ahem, alone) and singing “Timber” at the top of my lungs at 1 o’clock in the morning. That’s where the story ends, but certainly not where it began! But it did end there: the night I typed the last sentence of what would later be known as my very first novel. I was all by myself and wearing a still slightly-damp swimsuit underneath a pair of LuLu shorts and t-shirt. It was the happiest night of my life. Weird, huh? I’ve talked about my wild journey with writing here and here, but I thought that …

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5 Ways That Perfectionism is Ruining Your Life

I was 22 before I figured out that I was a raving lunatic perfectionist. I had been this way for so long that I thought everyone thought the way that I did, and some people were just better at life than I was. I had no idea. You would think since being a perfectionist was literally ruining my life that I would, you know, have noticed that I was one. But oh, I was. Here’s how I knew: I gave myself absolutely no grace, about anything, ever. I rarely described my days as being “good!” when people asked. I was always tired. …

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7 Ways that Waking Up Early for Yoga Completely Changed My Life

Here’s something you may not know about me: I have narcolepsy. I am also the textbook definition of a night-owl. I’m the kind of person who craves the peacefulness of the late, late night when the rest of the world is asleep and it’s just me, Netflix, and whatever I’m working on. If I could follow my body’s clock the way it WANTS to run, I would go to sleep between 11 and 1 at night, and wake up between 9 and 11. I’m a full-time teacher so that’s just not a thing, but that’s the way my body naturally likes to …

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3 Steps to Setting (And Keeping!) Your New Year Resolutions (plus a free worksheet!)

For the longest time I hated theĀ entire concept of New Year Resolutions. You would think the idea of setting goals and getting organized for an entire year would be the kind of thing I would love, but no. Just, bleck. No. I didn’t like them because I never kept them, and that made me feel like a failure. So for a couple of years, I just ignored the concept completely. It’s no wonder I spent those years pretty direction-less. But something tells me I’m not the only one, so I figured maybe we should discuss! Here’s what I finally figured out: it …

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My Publishing Journey (so far!)

My dream is to be able to write as my full-time job. Not only this blog, which I love, but the REAL joy of my heart is in writing fiction. So of course, I’m aiming to become a published writer. You can read about my first book hereĀ if you’re interested in learning more! In a few weeks I will be publishing the full story of how I finally managed to write my first novel, when I was 23. It was the most magical, exciting process of my life and I cannot wait to tell you all about it! In the meantime, I …